Teaching product design in line with Bloom's taxonomy and ABET student outcomes

Sayyad Zahid Qamar, Arunachalam Kamanathan, Nabeel Z. Al-Rawahi

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Design is one of the highest-level activities in the engineering profession. Compared to many other areas predominantly involving closed-form solutions, design is an open-ended activity, with many possible solutions for the same problem. This shift from the concrete to the abstract makes teaching of engineering design courses more challenging. The target set forth by good academic institutions is to have a system in place that can produce graduates who are well equipped and suitably qualified to practice professional engineering in a continually changing and increasingly complex global environment. Bloom's taxonomy outlines the skill levels required for education at any level, and in any discipline. Accreditation agencies such as ABET also establish criteria that can be generally applied to any type of education, but are primarily focused on engineering education. The current paper describes a methodology for Product Design education, integrating both Bloom's taxonomy and ABET student outcomes in an activity-based environment. Creative Design course taught at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat is presented as a case study. Example design activities are described for each of the six levels in Bloom's taxonomy. A mapping table is also presented to relate these levels to student outcomes of ABET criterion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016: "Smart Education in Smart Cities"
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386333
Publication statusPublished - May 19 2016
Event2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 10 2016Apr 13 2016


Other2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


  • ABET student outcomes
  • Bloom's taxonomy
  • Engineering education
  • Product design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education


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